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Air NZ Business Premier 777 SYD-AKL With Photos  
User currently offlineEoinnz From New Zealand, joined Jul 2003, 226 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 12774 times:

Hi everyone.

Welcome to my very first trip report!! I hope you all enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed experiencing it!!!

Wednesday 16th November 2005
Air New Zealand
NZ102
SYD - Sydney to AKL - Auckland
Business Class
Scheduled Departure Time: 1000
But The Actual Departure Time: 1100
Aircraft: The brand new 777-200ER complete with new plane smell!!!

We arrived at Sydney Airport and began walking towards the check-in counter. The queue was quite long for economy. So I turned to my friend and said bugger this, let go business class (And I knew we would have the new flat beds too!!). She thought for about 2 seconds and said yeah lets do it. So after a very sudden and random decision to simply beat the check-in line, we went to the ticket desk and upgraded our tickets to business class. At first the guy said we couldn't since our original fares were not upgradable on the day of departure. He had a word to his supervisor and said the flight was over-catered anyway and proceeded to issue our tickets. After checking-in the almost non existent business class line we did a bit of duty free, then went to the Air New Zealand Lounge.

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The Sydney Air New Zealand Lounge

Boarding began at about 0930 and we were greeted by the Air New Zealand crew who kindly showed us to our seats. After storing our bags and getting settled in one of the 3 crew in business class offered us a drink. Unlike in the past where they have come around with either pre-poured juice, water or champagne they went and got each drink individually and offered us any juice, water or champagne. Menus were also given out.
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My pre-takeoff orange juice


The new flat-bed seats in the the seat position


Waiting to depart

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Todays flight - The airshow was really impressive. All sorts of different views, and angles and a fortune of information. The entertainment system was easy to use with a good selection of movies, tv programs, games, cd's etc

After about 15 minutes the first announcement of a delay came due to a hold problem, I can't remember the exact details but something about a cargo door. 10 minutes passed and there was now another reason for the delay. Due to the late arrival of the Asiana flight from Seoul we had to wait for them. The captain said it was a catch 22 situation. Either we unloaded the bags and left or waited for them , going with the later it was decided it would take less time. After an hour of waiting we finally took off. Nothing beats the sound of those big engines!!! The seat belt sign came off and the crew sprung into action and delivered the drinks we had ordered before take-off.
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Vege Chips

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Ice cold coke

The crew came around and helped passengers get there tables out. The tables were difficult to get out, this was also noted in the business class seat guide which said "The table can be difficult to lift out and put away. A new design is currently in development but in the meantime please ask the crew for help..."

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Starter: Tiger prawns with Waldorf salad and kafir lime dressing. This is all served on the new crockery - I love the new design

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Close Up

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Salt and pepper

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Watching The Wedding Crashers

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Main: Chaio Tzu Lamb on asian noodles and green (This is what I had)

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Main: Chilli kelp King Salmon on linguine and ratouille (My friend had this)
Other main was peppered venison served chilled, on cous cous and roasted pumpkin salad, with orange and Cumberland sauce

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Dessert: Spiced apple compote with gourmet ice cream with a dessert wine

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Not far to go!!


The big 777 engine

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The cabin after service

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I thought it would be rude not to try and have a "sleep" I could easily pass 12 hours on this seat!!! It's more comfortable than my bed at home!!! A pitty this doesn't fit in my bag so I could take it home!!


Arriving into Auckland

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Auckland Airport at about 4pm

I really enjoyed the whole trip from start to finish - and would highly recommend Air New Zealand - My faith has been restored with them after such a pleasant journey. I wish I had flown Air New Zealand over but I went with Emirates Business Class - This trip report will be posted shortly. Thanks for reading- I hope you enjoyed it. all comments welcome

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User currently offlineKomododx From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 12700 times:

Great TR! NZ Business Class looks great!

Stefano  wave 


User currently offlineLFutia From Netherlands, joined Dec 2002, 3339 posts, RR: 27
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 12698 times:

Great Trip Report with pics!!!

How long was the flight?

Leo



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User currently offlineUndehoulli From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 12677 times:

Those seats look a lot like the Upper Class suites on VS!!!

User currently offlineEddieDude From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 7582 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 12659 times:

I may be wrong but I think this is the first report that refers to a flight inside the new NZ 772ER, so thanks a lot. The pics are very nice and are making me want to fly NZ soon. I hope the opportunity happens. Look forward to reading more trip reports from you in the future.


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User currently offlineCalvin99 From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2001, 225 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 12646 times:

nice report.. those seat looks very comfortable..!!

User currently offlineMatt27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 12426 times:

Great report and excellent pictures. Thanks!

User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7107 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 12343 times:

Leo, typically SYD-AKL flights are around 3 hours, but adding the delay it would be anyone's guess.

Nice report, great pics and I'm glad you enjoyed the flight!!!


User currently offlineQantasclub From Australia, joined Nov 2003, 757 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 12341 times:

Quoting Undehoulli (Reply 3):
Those seats look a lot like the Upper Class suites on VS!!!

They are an exact copy of the VS seat.



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User currently offlineAirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4512 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 12311 times:

Thanks for the report - I think Eddie is right, it is the first report of an NZ 772 we've had and the fact that it was in J class makes it all the better.

How easy was it to look out the window from your seat?

I think that the green/grey colours of the NZ seats look much more relaxed than the red of the VS ones - what do others think?

Quoting Eoinnz (Thread starter):
Starter: Tiger prawns with Waldorf salad and kafir lime dressing. This is all served on the new crockery - I love the new design

Oh that looks SOOOOOOOOO good...haven't had decent food in 2 months!



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User currently offlineTriple7man From Thailand, joined May 2005, 743 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 12287 times:
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Great report. The 777 is a beautiful airplane.  Big grin


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User currently offlineEoinnz From New Zealand, joined Jul 2003, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 12281 times:

Quoting AirxLiban (Reply 9):
How easy was it to look out the window from your seat?

Well the neck gets a bit sore after a while, you basically have to turn 45 degrees to look out and twist your body a little


User currently offlineNZ107 From New Zealand, joined Jul 2005, 6431 posts, RR: 38
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 12255 times:

Oh well,, still envious...

How stable is the cup holder thing? It looks pretty vulnerable to bumps.



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User currently offlineBoeingfanyyz From Canada, joined Jul 2005, 991 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 11736 times:

The initial photo of the seat kinda looks a bit uncomfortable and cramped. Just my $0.02
Cheers,
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User currently offline777ER From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 12172 posts, RR: 17
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 11694 times:
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Great report. My NZ B772 report will be online in about 2 weeks

User currently offlineEoinnz From New Zealand, joined Jul 2003, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 11576 times:

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 12):
How stable is the cup holder thing? It looks pretty vulnerable to bumps.

It's stable when down and with a drink on it but you only have to knock the bottom of it and your drink will spill (as i did it myself)


User currently offlineRoseFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 9646 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 11304 times:

Thank very much for the report. I will by flying NZ next month in Business Premier on the SFO-AKL route and expect to get the 777. It looks very nice and I am looking forward to seeing if it is as good for 12 hours as you felt it was for 3.


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User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6571 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 11241 times:

Thanks for a great report and the great pictures!

Hope to fly on a NZ 777 myself in the next six months or so.

The777Man



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 11231 times:

Great Report thank you Big grin


Lee



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User currently offlineCOEWR2587 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 607 posts, RR: 2
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 10952 times:

Great report. I love the pic of demonstrating how the seat is a bed. Does anyone else think the coke can's presence make the meal presentation and business class look less classy?


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User currently offlineCOEWR2587 From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 607 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day ago) and read 10951 times:

Do the 777's have mood lighting?


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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8546 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 10 hours ago) and read 10758 times:
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Nice report & photo's, many thanks!

Quoting COEWR2587 (Reply 19):
Does anyone else think the coke can's presence make the meal presentation and business class look less classy?

-Yes, sure does, where is the Champane? Smile



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User currently offlineEoinnz From New Zealand, joined Jul 2003, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 10719 times:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 21):
where is the Champane

Although some may agree it's never to early to start drinking, just wasn't in the mood. I think my friend ordered a bloody mary though by the look of the tomato juice and celery stick!!!


User currently offline777 From Italy, joined Sep 2005, 515 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 10029 times:

WOW,

one of the most beautiful lounges ever seen and one of the most beautiful aircraft interiors too... this 777-200ER with the "new plane smell" looks simply amazing... I hope to see the land of "The Lord of the Rings" at least once in a life, maybe flying there with this jewel!

Congratulations for the pics!!!

Cheers


User currently offlinePokes050 From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 5 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (8 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 9785 times:

Wow that looks great. Thanks for sharing your TR.

User currently offline767ER From Australia, joined Apr 2001, 1092 posts, RR: 4
Reply 25, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 9222 times:

I have to agree the new product is superb....i have flown Business Premier 3 times and it is outstanding and was fortunate enough to fly the maiden SFO AKL flight and the lie flat beds are a dream. I slept for 8 hours. The only drawback is not being able to get a good view from the window....your shoulder gets sore very quickly. Minor complaint really.


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